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Pretty/Dope
by Alexander Ramirez (onewayoutproductions@gmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Drama   User Review: ****
Short script. The lives of four troubled young women intersect over the course of one night. The music video has been produced and is available to be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zxy2gv_-9Z4


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PRETTY/DOPE

INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
                       SOUNDTRACK
      (singing)
She's so beautiful... Every man
wants to be the thorn to her
rose...
                                                            
NATALIE, RAVEN, and CHRISTINE are aligned before the wide
strip of mirrors over the sinks, retouching their make-up,
fixing their hair, etc. ANNA lopes in, wearing her
restaurant uniform, and joins the line-up to wash her hands.
                                                            
CLOSE-UPS of all four faces.
                                                            
 
INT. HOME - DAY
                                                            
Anna puts on the uniform we just saw her in. CAMERA loiters
over her tattoos - a rose sketched into her flesh.
                                                            
Establishing shots of her home: Artwork on the walls,
unfinished personal paintings, bookshelves.
                                                            
FACIAL CLOSE-UP: Metal studs in her face and raven-black
hair cropped short; Anna applies her make-up, a veritable
mask.
                                                            
Anna rubs her nose with her palm, snorting up her phlegm.
                                                            
Anna makes herself a cocktail in an athletic thermos, adding
ample portions of gin.
                                                            
She finishes a cigarette, plumes of smoke blooming from her
mouth.
                                                            
A small jewelry box is opened and Anna's hand extracts a few
baggies of measured portions of cocaine.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Anna clocks in for work, taking sips from her thermos. She
hops behind the bar and serves her customers.
                                                            
Anna takes a long swig from her thermos of gin, the bottom
up in the air. MATCH CUT to...
                                                            
 

2.

INT. ANOTHER HOME - DAY
                                                            
Natalie lowers a pill bottle from her lips and swallows the
capsule with a drink of water.
                                                            
She puts on a jogging suit.
                                                            
Establishing shots of her home: Old pictures, medical
papers, roses in water.
                                                            
FACIAL CLOSE-UP: Natalie presses in a pair of earbuds.
                                                            
Natalie begins an elaborate stretching routine.
                                                            
She makes herself a protein shake in an athletic thermos.
                                                            
 
EXT. TRAIL - DAY
                                                            
Natalie jogs at daybreak, earbuds in, thermos at her side.
                                                            
A male jogger (Mikie) catches up to her and aggressively
attempts to engage her in conversation. Natalie smiles
politely and attempts to ignore him.
                                                            
 
INT. HOME - DAY
                                                            
Natalie wears a shower robe and dries her hair. Later, she
is dressing for an evening out.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Natalie enters and greets a group of people. She orders a
drink from Anna and leaves a tip. A woman (Christine)
introduces her to a man in a suit (Mikie), who is,
coincidentally, the same male jogger from the trail.
                                                            
Natalie brushes her hair behind her ear. MATCH CUT to...
                                                            
 
INT. ANOTHER HOME - DAY
                                                            
Raven brushes her hair behind her ear and plops down on the
couch. She studies a California driver's license. The woman
in the photograph looks nothing like her.
                                                            
DAYDREAM: CAMERA PUSH-IN/ZOOM OUT on Raven in a surreal
spotlight, dressed like a glamor model.
                                                            
A vapid reality show plays on the television. Raven watches,
bored.
                                                            

3.

Establishing shots of her home: Fashion magazines strewn,
World Star's website on her laptop, posters of celebrities
on the walls.
                                                            
Raven says "Bye, mom" without taking her eyes off the
reality show as an older woman walks out the front door.
                                                            
She tiptoes to a liquor cabinet and mixes vodka and soda in
a large tumbler.
                                                            
FACIAL CLOSE-UP: Raven takes a drag off a cigarette. It
makes her cough.
                                                            
She dresses for a night out and grabs her fake ID.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Raven enters, absorbing the atmosphere. She recognizes a
woman in a hat and large sunglasses (Christine) sipping a
martini. She accosts the woman, shakes her hand while
blushing, and begs for a picture. The woman graciously
complies, and they pose together for Raven's cell phone
camera.
                                                            
Raven hovers near the man in the suit and Natalie. She
breaks in on their conversation, complimenting Natalie on
her appearance. The man agrees to buy them all a round of
drinks.
                                                            
As the man passes Raven her cocktail, she fumbles her purse.
She reaches to pick it, and we MATCH CUT to...
                                                            
 
INT. BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Christine picks up her clothing off the floor and redresses
herself. There is a naked man (Kel) still asleep in her bed.
                                                            
Her high-heels rest overturned on the carpet.
                                                            
 
INT. ANOTHER HOME - DAY
                                                            
Christine rummages in the kitchen. Her PUBLICIST bursts
through the front door with thick folders and coffees.
                                                            
Establishing shots of her home: Headshots, a movie poster, a
clean table-top mirror with a credit card resting near.
                                                            
The publicist chirps at Christine. Christine twists open her
Starbucks tumbler and pours in extra sugar.
                                                            

4.

The naked man from the bedroom emerges in the background
with some clothes on. His appearance startles the publicist.
Christine offers a meek wave goodbye as he slips out. The
publicist explodes, berating Christine.
                                                            
FACIAL CLOSE-UP: Christine stares through her motor-mouth
publicist and slowly slides on a pair of oversize
sunglasses. She sips her coffee.
                                                            
Later, Christine lounges alone and types a text message on
her cell phone that reads: "Can I buy some at the bar right
now?"
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Christine enters, wearing a hat and large sunglasses to hide
her face. She motions at the activity around the bar. Anna
recognizes her and waves her over.
                                                            
Christine bellies-up to the bar and Anna prepares her a
martini. Anna reaches by the register, into her purse, and
plucks free a single dime-sized baggie of cocaine. She
places it beneath the stem of the martini glass and slides
it toward Christine.
                                                            
***FINALE***
                                                            
The man in the suit approaches Christine to introduce
himself. He passes her a business card identifying himself
as a photographer and begins to talk her ear off. Christine
attempts to ignore him and enjoy her martini.
                                                            
Natalie walks by and Christine desperately grabs her and
introduces herself and the man in the suit. She successfully
deflects the man's attention onto Natalie and goes back to
sipping her martini.
                                                            
Anna drinks from her thermos as she serves bar patrons.
                                                            
Raven and Christine take their picture together.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
All four women are aligned before the mirrors again.
Everyone exits with the exception of Christine, who waits
for them to disappear before cutting a few rails of coke on
the countertop.
                                                            
 

5.

INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Raven, Natalie, and the man in the suit down shots together
in unison.
                                                            
QUICK MONTAGE of a barrage of alcohol being poured, mixed,
and consumed at the bar.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Christine's head jerks up, absorbing the explosion of powder
as it shocks her nasal passageways. Immediately, she is
bleeding from her nostril.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Natalie stumbles toward the exit, almost falling. The man in
the suit catches her.
                                                            
Raven orders from Anna and presents her fake ID. Anna
refuses the ID and calls for a bouncer. Raven becomes
belligerent.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Christine seizures on the tile floor, nose leaking, mouth
foaming.
                                                            
 
EXT. SECLUDED AREA - NIGHT
                                                            
The man in the suit forces himself on Natalie. She
straight-arms him, prying his body away from hers.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Raven takes a swing at Anna over the bar, driving her back
into the register, spilling the contents of her purse all
over the floor.
                                                            
A bouncer (Bush?) rushes forth and locks Raven in a full
nelson and drags her off.
                                                            
A restaurant manager (Kevin?) arrives at Anna's side and
sees the cocaine baggies scattered on across the bar floor.
                                                            
 

6.

EXT. SECLUDED AREA - NIGHT
                                                            
Natalie and the man in the suit are locked in a violent
tangle. Hair whips, arms swing, camera is volatile.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Christine's seizure approaches a wild climax.
                                                            
 
EXT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
The bouncer shoves Raven out of the door as she flails in a
fit of rage.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
Anna and the manager enter a heated bout of back-and-forth
over the white powder in the baggies.
                                                            
 
EXT. SECLUDED AREA - NIGHT
                                                            
The man in the suit fastens his belt buckle and strolls
away. Natalie sits silently and motionless on the ground,
defeated.
                                                            
 
INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Christine's seizure passes. Her face drips.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
Raven walks away from the establishment, her hair in her
face, her broken heels in her hand.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT/BAR/CLUB - NIGHT
                                                            
The manager shouts, "Get out!" and Anna grabs her purse and
leaves.
                                                            
An ornamental vase of roses is broken and dripping on the
bar.
                                                            
 

7.

INT. ELEGANT RESTROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The four female principals are aligned before the wide strip
of mirrors over the sinks - a flashback to the calm before
the storm - all powdering their noses.
                                                            
 
INT. BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
A six-year-old girl (Amélie) sits before a mirror, applying
her mother's blush.
                                                            
                       AMéLIE
      (singing)
She's so beautiful... Every man
wants to be the thorn to her
rose...
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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